Getting locked out of your car with they keys inside it is bad enough, but if you find yourself in this situation at night in a risky inner city area or in the middle of nowhere with three screaming kids hanging off your elbow, it definitely is a nightmare.
This may be stressful, but being involved in a road traffic accident would definitely be worse, so do not panic. Take a deep breath; park the kids somewhere safe to prevent them being hit by a car while you work on getting inside the vehicle, and then get to work.
Getting into the car
Forget breaking the window, because that is a messy, expensive and, quite frankly, totally unnecessary solution to your problem. There are easier, less expensive ways of getting into a locked car.
Option one, the boot
Check if your boot is unlocked. If it is, open it and:
- Release the backseat locking mechanisms
- Fold the seats forward
- Crawl into the back of the car
- Open the doors from the inside
If the seat release mechanisms cannot be reached from the boot, there should be an emergency cord to achieve the same effect somewhere in the boot.
Option two, wedge and poker
This method involves using a wedge to create a gap between the car door and body (on the passenger side to prevent causing a traffic accident or getting clipped by a vehicle); threading a poker through the gap and either pushing down (electric/ automatic door locks) or pulling up (manual door locks) the lock button. Trouble is, you will need something thin (like a putty knife or door stop) for the wedge and a metal door hanger for the poker.
Option three, call for help
If your boot is locked and you have nothing suitable to try option two at hand, call for help (a friend or family member with a spare key, rescue service, police), join your kids to avoid being injured by passing vehicles and wait. Before you know it, all will be well.
When all is not well
Sometimes people trying to get into their cars are injured by vehicle collisions as other road users crash into the back of their stationary cars. Should this happen to you, you may be entitled to claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline specialises in car accident claims. Call their advice line as soon as possible to get your claim started.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice